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Feature: Dana Loffredo

Kimmy’s Garage would like to highlight Dana Loffredo in today’s blog:

During the 2017 racing season, Dana has continued to excel with every race and make a name for herself. Her wins — which include ATCO, MapleGrove, Cecil Independence Day Bash, and Raceway Park — have set her above and beyond the competition. Out of the nine races she has participated in this year, she has already solidified placements in six finals and achieved four incredible wins.

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Dana’s track record has been built upon a stellar 2016 season; including a Raceway Park Points championship, Cecil Independence Day Bash win, and MapleGrove Dutch Classic Wally victory. Dana’s 2016 season tally came out to a triumphant 11 finals and six wins.

These top tiered performances come with dedication, drive, passion, and — of course — a powerful car. Dana’s 1998 FireBird is powered by a big block Chevy with the help of lightning fast stopping power brakes by Aerospace Components. “I love how close I have become with everyone at Aerospace. They are all so nice and truly make you feel like family”, Dana mentioned during her shop tour in Saint Petersburg, Fl. “They welcomed me with open arms. It was an awesome facility to see and I can’t wait to go back and see them again!”.

Dana, you’re always welcome to visit your friends at Aerospace Components. Your partnership is very valuable to us!

Feature: Rose Racing

Kimmy’s Garage would like to highlight the Rose Racing Team on today’s blog:

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Rose Racing is a family affair, with Chuck Rose at the forefront. His two sons, Matt and Brad followed in their fathers footsteps and now they comprise what is now Rose Racing.

Chuck Rose has 40+ years of drag racing experience with numerous track championships during the 1980’s and early 1990’s with his 1968 Dodge Dart. He then switched to NHRA Super Gas class in 1994 with a 1971 Dodge Challenger. He won the NHRA National Open in Scribner, NE. Chuck finished in the Top 33 in the NHRA Division 5 Lucas Oil Super Gas standings from 1998 to 2007. From 2008-2015, Chuck finished in the Top 20 each year with multiple Top 10 finished and a best finish of 4th place in 2009. He also won the NHRA Division 5 “Super Shootout” Series in 2008 and was the NHRA Division 5 Super Gas representative for the prestigious JEG’s All-Stars in 2010. After selling the Challenger in November 2015, Chuck restored the 1972 Duster into a Stock Eliminator race car and began racing it in 2016.

71698a5cc6697cb0ec04299bd785cfabChuck enjoys spending time with his wife, Nancy, and their three children, Matt, Brad and Melissa.

Matt Rose is a Frank Hawley Drag Racing School graduate in 2010. He has finished in the Top 30 every year since 2010! In 2016, Matt won his first race out at the NHRA National Open in Topeka, KS.

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Matt is married to Traci and they have three children, Brilee, Blake and Brooke.

Brad Rose was the 1999 Runner-Up at the NHRA Division 5 Lucas Oil Drag Racing Event in Earlville, IA. He finished in the Top 5 in the NHRA Division 5 Lucas Oil Super Street standings. And just like Chuck in 2008, Brad won the NHRA Division 5 “Super Shootout” Series in 2011.

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Brad is married to JaNay and they have a daughter, Hope.

Aerospace Components is a proud sponsor of Rose Racing for the past several years. We are excited for the races this year and many years to come!

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Meet the Team

Chuck Rose:
NHRA Stock Eliminator, 1972 Plymouth Duster — 340CI Mopar Engine

Matt Rose
NHRA Super Comp, 2006 Undercover Dragster — 620CI Mopar Engine

Brad Rose
NHRA Super Street, 1973 Plymouth Cuda — 440CI Mopar Engine

 

Feature: Ricky Deuschle Jr

Kimmy’s Garage would like to highlight Ricky Deuschle on today’s blog:

Ricky Deuschle Racing Company (RDRC) is a family owned and operated race team based out of Palmdale, California. The dream began back in 2000 when the patriarch of the family,  Ricky Deuschle Sr, introduced his children to the world of junior dragsters. Ricky Deuschle Jr was only 8 at the time, but was excited to start racing with the guidance of his father who had been racing 20+ years in the Super Pro Category.

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RDRC has been performing at the competitive level and won multiple championships in various series all over the country. Ricky races from the east coast to the west coat and everywhere in between. No matter where RDRC goes, they are known for their family and the quality of racing they put out, along with sportsmanship.

Ricky’s sisters Ashley and Emma have also joined in on the fun! RDRC started out as a father son operation but has now evolved into a 5 (soon to be 6) car family racing team.

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“Since our partnership with Aerospace Components, RDRC has brought our competitive edge to the next level. Being that we live in CA, we race in some of the hottest conditions. Aerospace Components water pumps help our cars cool down in record time and stay cool. In 115 degree weather we can drive our cars to the lanes, race, and still not get our water pumps above 180 degrees. After a run we can be cooled down to 115 degrees and ready to race in about 15-20 minutes. This is something as racers we love because going deep in rounds, the turnaround time gets shorter and shorter. With Aerospace Components, staying cool is no longer an issue!” says Ricky Deuschle Jr, of some of the secrets to their success.

Power loss is also an issue when racing in these harsh conditions of the California sun. Ricky states their remedy, “With Aerospace Components Vacuum Pumps we can gain back that lost power, and then some. This allows us to not have to run our cars on the edge which saves parts and money. On average we have seen an extra 25-35 HP gain just from tuning our engines on the Dino with an Aerospace Components Vacuum Pump.”

Ricky also mentions, “Another concern we have had is getting our cars stopped safely after making a 200+ mph run on our cars. Even though we have dual chutes on almost all our cars, stopping safely is big because sometimes those chutes can fail. With Aerospace Components brakes we can stop our cars even in the shortest shut down areas, with no problem at all. As a driver it’s nice to know I can trust my Aerospace brakes to get me stopped safely — no matter the circumstances.”

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Meet the Team

Kathy Deuschle:
Pit Mom extraordinaire, who handles the funding and keeps everyone fed and hydrated throughout the weekend!

Rick Deuschle Sr:
Head Crew Chief, who also handles funding, along with all the tuning and maintenance coordination on the entire fleet.

Ricky Deuschle Jr:
Assistant Crew Chief, driver of the Aerospace Components 2002 Pro Nitrous Camaro and the 1969 Super Street Camaro.

Ashley Deuschle:
Driver of the Aerospace Components 1963 Split Window Top Sportsman Corvette.

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Emma Deuschle:
Driver of the Aerospace Components 1963 Split Window Top Sportsman Corvette.

Wilfredo Velazquez:
Crew Member, newest member to the driving side of things. He will pilot the Aerospace Components 1963 Nova in 2018!

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SPOILER ALERT!

COMING SOON!!

 

Aerospace Components
Manual Brake Conversion Kit for 2015-2017 Mustang

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Features:

  • Allows the removal of the heavy vacuum brake booster
  • Replaces the stock stamped steel pedal arm assembly with a billet aluminum pedal
  • Corrects pedal ratio for manual brakes
  • Includes lightweight, high performance master cylinder
    • Billet master cylinder adapter plate
    • Grade 8 adjustable pushrod with spherical rod end
    • Billet aluminum pedal arm and pedal pad
    • Includes all required hardware
  • Installation will require a modification to the brake pedal quadrant and brake lines
  • Both modifications are very simple to complete

 

Feature: Jeff Paulin

Kimmy’s Garage would like to highlight Jeff Paulin on today’s blog:

Jeff Paulin’s drag racing career began in 1964 when he graduated high school and joined the Kingsmen Car Club of Solona Beach California. His first car was a 1964 red El Camino which ran low 14’s at about 100mph. He quickly fell in love with drag racing! He enjoyed being around his fellow club members and being able to work on cars and driving down a drag strip.

After seeing his friend’s brand new Chevelle SS, he decided it was time for an upgrade! Paulin then picked up a 1966 375HP SS396 Chevelle: M-22 four-speed, red with red interior, power steering and brakes, plus AM radio. Even after he upgraded gears, slicks, shifter, and clutch assembly; he still used it as his daily driver (even with those 4.88 gear sets!). It ran consistent low 12s at around 117mph — through home-made headers.

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For three years, his 1966 Chevelle was the fastest street-driven car in San Diego. All the fastest sponsored muscle cars at the time were trailered to the track every weekend, and they never beat his Chevelle, in a heads-up race or handicap elimination.

As time went on, and during the gas shortages in the 1970’s, he pulled his 375HP 396 motor and stored it in the garage. Jeff replaced that motor with a slightly calmer, big-block equipped with a sleepy, street friendly 3.08 gear set. Not long after, he moved to Orange County California and traded his Chevelle for a 427 Corvette. “We all do dumb things once in a while” states Jeff. The Corvette eventually made way for a 1968 Z/28 Camaro, a car that mostly sat in the garage.

Two decades later, while having a conversation about his beloved Chevelle, he discovered there was a 1966 Chevelle in the area. This car had been “the fastest car from Ventura, CA” at the same time he was racing “the fastest car in San Diego, CA”. He bought this identical 1966 Chevelle and installed the original engine and trans he had been keeping in his garage over the years. They went to many car shows with it, and won a few awards including Best Original Chevelle at Super Chevy; but there was no thrill in it like drag racing.

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After his grandfather passed away in 1972, his grandmother traded in her Oldsmobile for a new 1972 Chevelle; which was easier for her to drive and park. She passed the car down to Jeff once she couldn’t drive anymore. Jeff painted it Cadillac gold and put Cragar wheels on it. When she saw the car she got mad at me saying “Why didn’t you do that to the car when I was still driving it?” So we took her to church in the car once a month and she loved telling everyone I was her grandson and this gold Chevelle with Cragar wheels was her car.

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Jeff and his daughter then began to show and drag race the 1972 Chevelle at Pomona and Fontana. But once she left for college it just sat in the garage.

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In 2011, they planned a construction project turning the 1972 Chevelle into a 10 second drag race car. The car began to run 10.20’s right away with the addition of a 6 point roll bar, 9 inch rear end, rebuilt TH400 and new BB Chevy. Lemons Headers, MSD ignition, DRE diaper, Champion Cooling System radiator and an Aerospace Components Vacuum Pump (which adds 20HP) all helped to boost this project. They named this car the GGSGOLD which they still race today!

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Jeff Paulin’s wife and best friend, Tracie Paulin has easily slipped into the crew chief roll. Jeff says, “Without her I would not be racing. We are a great team and work very well together.” Tracie also won a NMCA West Crew Member of the Year award in 2015, “for not only her help with GGSGOLD but all she does helping the racers pitted around us every time out” Jeff states.

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Their first Wally win was at the first West Coast NMCA race, which was held at Famoso. They entered in Quick Street and Bracket II. Despite losing in the second round of Quick Street, Jeff went 6 rounds through 60 cars and won Bracket II!

Jeff and Tracie go on to say, “One of our fondest memories of racing and the friendships that are easily made at the track was when Al and Kim Kussy stopped by our pit a few years back and asked us if they could help with anything. What! A business owner/sponsor walking around the pits introducing themselves to the racers and offering to help? Who are these people and why do we like them so much right away?”

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Jeff and Tracie revealed a problem tossing crank mandrels from another vacuum pump manufacturer. “I mentioned this to Al and Kim and they said they would see what they could do and took a picture of my motor. Two weeks later in the mail I received an Aerospace Components Vacuum Pump kit — custom made for my motor. Bolted right on and it has worked flawlessly for the last 4 years! Unbelievable to me that a major manufacturer owner/sponsor will walk the pits and look for ways to help the little guy racer” states Jeff Paulin.

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The Paulin’s are still enjoying the NMCA West series and love to load up and race at Fontana and Famoso. A couple fluke runs of the GGSGOLD have even gone viral, with the wheelie at Pamona having over 2 million views and the GGSGOLD’s Wild Ride at Fontana having over 4 million views!!

“We love our racing family, the sport, and the friends we make along the way” — Jeff and Tracie Paulin

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Feature: Justen Spencer

Kimmy’s garage would like to highlight Justen Spencer of Twisted Modular Racing:

Justen’s first encounter with racing down the 1320′ was at one of the largest door car races on the West Coast, the Streetcar Super Nationals at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. After 2 days of qualifying his ’88 daily-driven stick shift mustang, he pulled off a first round win in Mustang Madness. The victory was even sweeter with his father in attendance, making it a family affair. Justen knew he was meant to race “once I felt the rush of emotions, and the elation of accomplishment that goes along with a successful round”.

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They didn’t make it through to the next round, after missing a shift in the very car that would later be the vessel their team used to accomplish many victories. Though that round was the last round of the event, both Justen and his father showed their commitment by watching and completing that weekend. Little did they know, their future was to be filled with countless wins and numerous championships.

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“The unique partnership we share with Aerospace Components has been a huge contributor to our continued success at the track. When it comes to staging in a class where reaction time is ‘make or break’, my control of the car has vastly improved with the addition of their manual master cylinder and set of 4-piston drag racing brakes on all 4 corners. Control allows us to dial down to the thousandths of a second in reaction time, to qualify at the top of the field or when lining up next to the heavy hitters in later rounds of competition” says Justen Spencer.

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Justen states there’s always a second reason why they do this; the camaraderie and level of competition shown to us by the race-track family! “Whether I’m lining up against my long time rival Brent Calvert, or good family friend Dwane Cress, there will always be that family and friend atmosphere off the track and an overwhelming urge to win once you pass the ready line”, Justen mentions of the friendships he’s made during his racing career. This balance is something they’ve come to love and expect from everyone in the racing community. Justen continues, “And, Aerospace Components embodies this exact race track dynamic, making them one of the most grass-roots oriented motorsports companies out there”.

“We are thrilled having Twisted Modular Racing and Justen Spencer as part of our Aerospace Components Team!” says Kim Kussy of Aerospace.

Feature: John Schaeffer

Kimmy’s Garage would like to highlight John Schaeffer on today’s blog:

John’s journey to racing began one day as he was brainstorming with his brother, Josh. They wanted to spend time together and try for the Nitrous SBE record, all with a budget build. They purchased a stock LS1 from a local junkyard and started the process by cutting weight out of the car every free night they had after work, which meant going through several drills and cutting wheels. “We basically called it red car night, every Monday night, where we would work on the car and eat BBQ” states John as he reflects on that time.

The car nicknamed “the JUICE” made some impressive times with a 10.8 NA and a mid 10s NO spray with a heads cam and nitrous combo. After selling that motor set up at the end of the season, John had a Trans Am they raced in the Rumble series of the GM Performance Parts races and always competed in the 9.50 index class with a 408 Nitrous Combo from Nitrous Outlet. After 3 years of racing, the Trans Am was featured in the GM HIGH-TECH magazine “which is any car guys dream come true”, says John.

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After watching a Drag Radial and Real Street cars racing at an event, they decided it was time to race with those classes! They began to fit the JUICE for the Real Street class. They partnered with ShoMeSpeed who helped them with tuning and acquiring whatever parts they would need and became a part of Team ShoMeSpeed.

After upgrading to an Infinity 8 ECU to help in controlling the engine management, they knew they would need stopping power. They called Aerospace Components to equip them with the best brakes for ‘lightning fast stopping power’!

The car last year produced a 8.1 @168 in the 1/4 mile and a 5.18 in the 1/8 mile, with a safe tune up on the nitrous. The car has been a family build that John and his brother started together and share in the enjoyment of going to different tracks and competitions; whether it is a NMCA race or Midnight drags.

This year they spent some time changing the set up to Pro Charger and are going to step it up and run Drag Radial and Street Outlaw in the NMCA. “Our partnership grew with Aerospace Components and we are testing the new Pro Eliminator shifter. We can’t wait to see how this improves our times at the track!” states John. They will be heading out to their first race at the LS Fest and are excited to see what the new combo does there.

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Feature: Ron DeHoop

Kimmy’s Garage would like to highlight Ron DeHoop on today’s blog:

Racing, motors, and speed have always been in Ron’s blood. He reminisces to his childhood when he would take lawn mower motors and install them on his wagons or anything else that had wheels! He always had the fastest go-kart or mini-bike in the neighborhood. This passion continued throughout high school and still remains today.

“I can still remember making my first official pass at Lions Drag Strip in 1968… I say official because I had done quite a bit of street racing prior to that” states DeHoop with a smile on his face. He took a break from racing for a few years, as he was serving our country overseas. Once he returned he focused on his family and decided to buy a flat bottom boat and tried to fill his need for speed on the water. But that wasn’t enough! In 1995 he bought the ’67 Chevelle he still owns today.

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Over the past 20 years Ron has worked tirelessly to be competitive in the drag racing scene. Not only does he work hard at the track and shop, but by being present in the motorsports industry spending hours picking up sponsors and other support to improve his chances at the track. DeHoop describes his success, “With the help of sponsors, my wonderful wife Ruth, friends, and most certainly the good Lord above, I have been very blessed to have what I consider to be a very successful racing career.”

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Ron also says about one of his sponsors, “Aerospace Components makes some of the best products in the world for the Motorsports enthusiast.  Not only do they perform well but are beautifully made.  I not only have Aerospace Components brakes on all four corners of my Race Car, I have one of their shifters installed inside as well.  This is an awesome combination for anyone index racing or bracket racing.  The brakes allow for a much more consistent reaction time and the shifter makes for much more consistent elapsed times. It’s a WIN, WIN situation which in turn creates wins and trips to the Aerospace Components “Winners Circle”!  Doesn’t get much better than that.”

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Ron has accumulated dozens of wins, a number of championships, but best of all a lot of great friends! He now enjoys the time he spends with his wife, son, daughter-in-law, and of course his 2 1/2 year old grandson who brings much joy to his life! As Ron always says: “God has been good to me and it certainly is: By Grace I Race”.

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Street Vs. Race Brakes

Crossing the Line

In a world with a blurred line between street and race, Aerospace Components braking systems have a clear definition.
By Michael Galimi

            In life we make a lot of decisions, for a gearhead one of the biggest choices when building a drag strip bound car (or truck) is to decide if it will be a racecar or street car. There are plenty of bench racing sessions that can make an excuse for a nitro Funny Car getting tagged and idled down Main Street, however when it comes to braking systems there is the proverbial line in the sand. Depending on which side of the line your vehicle sits, Aerospace Components has a specific braking system to suite its needs.

Aerospace Components has several application-specific designs for the Mustangs of any year, the latest generation Camaro, and general applications but when it comes to the type of use, the only two choices are Pro Street or Drag Race. Both types of brake systems utilize the same high quality parts like billet aluminum components, Hawk performance pads, exceed all NHRA/IHRA requirements, and all of brake kits are proudly made in the U.S.A. But the differences between Pro Street and Drag Race braking systems lie in the specifications.

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Kim Kussy of Aerospace Components was kind enough to sit down with us to run through the checklist of different aspects of their braking systems. She shared that the rotors, calipers, brake pads, and mounting brackets are not the same between the two classifications. The line in the sand with Aerospace Components is the minimum weight of the vehicle, with the driver. For cars/trucks over 3,000 pounds—street or strip—the Pro Street brakes must be standard. We must note that lightweight street cars under the 3,000 pound threshold must still run Pro Street brakes; that is not negotiable. Drag Race brake systems are cleared for use under the 3,000 pounds with strip-only applications.

Beginning with the rotors, Pro Street and Drag Race have drastically different performance life as drag racing brakes help decelerate the vehicle and then the car gets a break from the action. On the street, however, the braking systems are constantly in use as the rotors heat up, cool off, heat up, cool off, etc. during the typical stop and go traffic and longer drive time. That said, Aerospace Components builds its drag racing brakes to be lightweight for the ultimate in performance and it begins with a steel plate. The drag racing rotors are thin at just 5/16-inch thick and feature dilled holes to help save rotating weight. On the Pro Street side, Aerospace Components uses a cast iron rotor with a 13/16-inch thickness and its vented through the center so air can pump through the rotor and lower the temperatures quicker between stops.

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Comparing the Drag Race (left) and Pro Street (right) rotors, one can see the drastic difference in size and design. A solid steel 5/16th inch thick plate is the foundation for the lightweight racing rotors while all vehicles over 3,000 pounds will require the 13/16-inch thick rotors in the Pro Street kit. 

            The calipers are designed nearly identical with the Pro Street ones being slightly thicker to fit over the matching rotors. In both instances, Aerospace Component calipers use four-pistons and are made in billet aluminum. Aerospace Components also offers single and dual piston calipers for certain dedicated drag racing applications. A set of dual rear calipers, which are popular in turbo applications and foot-brake racing, are available in both street and strip formats. The caliper mounting brackets that are included in Aerospace Components brake kits are slightly different for each application in order to accommodate the slightly larger diameter rotors.

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The billet aluminum calipers look nearly identical between the Pro Street and Drag Race braking systems. The major difference between the two is the overall thickness, the Pro Street rotors are thicker than the drag-only ones, and therefore the calipers are sized appropriately. 

            Hawk brake pads are used exclusively in all Aerospace Components brake systems and the company uses different pads depending on the application. For Drag Racing kits, a more efficient cold stopping pad has been selected and it is far more aggressive than any street brake pad. The Pro Street kits include a brake pad that has a broader heat range and it is slightly less aggressive to help prevent wear on the softer cast iron rotors.

The line in the sand sits at 3,000 pounds and Aerospace Components is firm on that threshold along with street-use requiring Pro Street brakes, regardless of the minimum weight. As some enthusiasts make excuses for a thinly veiled racecar with license plates, the braking systems from Aerospace Components aren’t open for speculation.

 

Photos by Author and Courtesy of NMCA WEST

Aerospace Components: Water Pump

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Aerospace Components Water Pump keeps its cool when the competition heats up
By Michael Galimi

Right now—as I type this story—it is hot outside. The heat index is pegged at 101-degrees with the humidity and air temperature combined. For many racers across the country triple digit heat is a part of life during certain times of the year. Even in milder conditions, a properly operating cooling system will keep your engine running smoothly and consistently as water circulates through the engine, staving off hot-spots in the cylinder heads and block.

An integral part to the cooling system is the water pump and practically a standard in drag racing is an electric motor to turn the pump. Without a water pump the coolant (water in drag racing applications) couldn’t circulate through the engine, into the radiator to get cooled off, and back into the engine to soak in more heat. Aerospace Components has tapped into its engineering and manufacturing prowess to deliver a durable and high-functioning electric water pump.

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Aerospace Components took great care in adding an electric motor that was durable and powerful but also offers a low amp draw (4 amps). 

“We all know how hot it has been this summer and the pump [ed note—Aerospace Components Water Pump] is meeting those demands; it performs as good as it looks,” said noted NMCA racer Dave Theisen who competes in the competitive heads-up category of NA 10.5. His 1969 Pontiac Firebird is powered by a 611ci big-block Chevy that routinely pushes Theisen into the high 7s at nearly 175 mph.

The current line-up of Aerospace Components water pumps covers big-block Chevy, small-block Chevy, small-block Ford, the 4.6L and 5.4L Ford Modular engine families, and a universal kit. Each water pump retails in the low $400 dollar range, keeping it affordable given its exceptional capabilities, quality, and it pays back to NMRA, NMCA, and NMCA WEST racers in the form of contingency cash rewards for the winner and runner-up finishers.

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The water pump is designed to clear most belt-drive systems on big-block and small-block Chevy and small-block Ford applications. 

            Aerospace Components Water Pumps, regardless of the application, are capable of flowing 37 gallons per hour (gph) in most applications. Obviously the line size, 12- or 16-volt electrical system, and any water restrictions will have an effect on the flow rate. The water flow pushed by the pump is sufficient to keep the engine cool during longer drive cycles and in higher horsepower applications that have high-compression or a power adder; both are contributors to higher cylinder pressures leading to greater heat production from the engine.

The electric motor that Aerospace Components includes on all of its water pump kits has a very low amperage draw of just 4 amps. Limiting the amp draw of components means it lessens the tax on the electrical system, leaving plenty of juice for other systems like throttle stops, delay boxes, massive electric fuel pumps, lights, etc. And lest you think that the low amp draw comes at the cost of the motor’s capabilities, the Aerospace Components water pump motor moves 37 gph and is rated for continuous duty.

Like so many other Aerospace Components, Al Kussy incorporated a lot of 6061 T6 billet aluminum into the water pump’s design. Every water pump setup, from its universal pump to the big-block Chevy kit, includes a 6061 T6 billet aluminum housing and impeller. Additionally, a high-performance shaft seal is utilized for longevity and durability in the harsh racing environments. Aerospace Components also includes stainless steel hardware in all of its kits.

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In typical Aerospace Components fashion, high-quality 6061 T6 billet aluminum is standard in many aspects of the race part. All Aerospace Components products are Made in the U.S.A.

For those who require a remote mounted water pump or repurposing it for use in an air-to-water intercooler system, the company sells a universal kit. It has a single one-inch NPT inlet and two ¾-inch NPT outlets. For the big-block and small-block Chevy and Ford applications, Aerospace Components gives the buyer a choice for the inlet fitting size and each one of those kits clears most aftermarket camshaft belt-drive systems. NMCA West racer Ricky Deuschle said it best when he described the water pump and his other Aerospace Components products, “Boy, what a product!” He went on to tell us that as a career machinist, he is very impressed with the quality as well as the performance of all the Aerospace Components parts he runs on the family’s racecars.

How does it work in the real world? Deuschle offered a story about his recent outing at the Auto Club Speedway, which is located in Fontana, CA. The Deuschle family runs three Top Sportsman racecars and a 1969 Camaro Z/28 in Super Gas, each vehicle is equipped with virtually the entire Aerospace Components catalog of parts. This particular race weekend saw 100-degree weather in Southern California. Any experienced bracket racer knows that as elimination day wears on, the time between rounds diminishes. With just 20 minutes to cool down and prepare the cars, Deuschle said his car and his sisters’ rides were all pushing their water temperature needles to 200 degrees or more. A quick flip of a switch activated the water pump for each car and within 15 minutes the temperature dropped to a more acceptable 130 degrees. The quick cool down allowed the cars to perform without the risk of popping a head gasket or another failure from high water temperature.

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The water pump might not be the latest go-fast goody like a new supercharger or a set of cylinder heads, but in the heat of racing, particularly in the summer months, keeping the engine ready for action is vital to success. That includes maintaining reasonable water temperatures through the burnout and during a pass down the quarter-mile. Additionally, running the electric pump in the pits keeps water circulating to cool down the engine before the next round of eliminations.